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Old 12-15-2014, 10:51 PM   #1
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Two ordinary inner-city Chicago kids dare to reach for the impossible—professional basketball glory—in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams, by Steve James, Frederick Marx, and Peter Gilbert follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates as they navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while dealing with the intense pressures of their home lives and neighborhoods. This landmark film, which documents the journeys of two remarkable families, continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.

Special Features:

New digital restoration, with 4.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Two audio commentaries: one by filmmakers Peter Gilbert, Steve James, and Frederick Marx, and one by the film's subjects, Arthur Agee and William Gates
Life After "Hoop Dreams," a new documentary catching up with Agee, Gates, and their families
Additional scenes
Collection of excerpts from Siskel & Ebert tracking the acclaim for Hoop Dreams
Original music video for the film's theme song from 1994
Trailers
PLUS: Essays by author John Edgar Wideman and filmmaker and critic Robert Greene

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Old 12-15-2014, 11:01 PM   #2
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Ah, I remember the days where certain users around here claimed this would never happen.
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:03 PM   #3
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Fantastic news!!
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:06 PM   #4
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Ah, I remember the days where certain users around here claimed this would never happen.
I was one of them. I wasn't aware that a HD master had in fact been created earlier this year, making this Blu-ray release possible.
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:56 PM   #5
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I was one of them. I wasn't aware that a HD master had in fact been created earlier this year, making this Blu-ray release possible.
I thought this release would be pointless too, and therefore wouldn't happen..

And how can they create a "HD" master from what is a native SD source? It's probably going to look like the clips from the WWF blu rays, or more relevant to this movie, like the upconverted SD clips from the Ultimate Jordan blu ray:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Ultima...6/#Screenshots

If it does look better than the original SD source, it's by like 0.1%.

I suppose it's okay since the new featurette is probably in HD. And because of the extra space compared to a DVD, they could fit a lot of deleted scenes, which I imagine this movie has a ton of.
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:56 PM   #6
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I'm on that list too... Should be an interesting result. Expect the 28 Days complaints to be in full effect once the disc is released.

It was an SD (Beta) to film conversion for the theatrical presentation, so it wasn't very sharp.

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Old 12-15-2014, 11:59 PM   #7
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There's some discussion of the restoration (though the comparison screencap posted back in March doesn't show for me) on the Criterion Forum here.
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I thought this release would be pointless too, and therefore wouldn't happen..

And how can they create a "HD" master from what is a native SD source? It's probably going to look like the clips from the WWF blu rays, or more relevant to this movie, like the upconverted SD clips from the Ultimate Jordan blu ray:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Ultima...6/#Screenshots

If it does look better than the original SD source, it's by like 0.1%.

I suppose it's okay since the new featurette is probably in HD. And because of the extra space compared to a DVD, they could fit a lot of deleted scenes, which I imagine this movie has a ton of.
You're so wrong. Case in point...



0.1% errrr?
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Old 12-16-2014, 12:25 AM   #9
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You're so wrong. Case in point...

[Show spoiler]


0.1% errrr?
Is the shot on the right from the Criterion DVD? I honestly don't remember it looking like that. It looks like it's been taken from some ancient VHS release rather than the Criterion DVD.

I hope I'm wrong, because I'll be getting this regardless, if nothing then for the new featurette.
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Old 12-16-2014, 12:28 AM   #10
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Count me as one of those whom, while not particularly vocal about it, wasn't expecting this title to get upgraded, due to it's SD roots.

Considering that the PQ difference between the restoration and the current release is noticeable, the Blu-Ray does include new extras, and that ultimately, I'd like to upgrade as much of my DVD collection to Blu-Ray, I'll likely look into it...

Now we just have to count the days until Criterion upgrades Fishing With John to Blu-Ray.
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:27 AM   #11
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What an incredible documentary.

Not sure if I need to upgrade from my Criterion DVD but it sure is tempting.
I'll wait for some reviews before I pull the trigger.

Again, a really well made doc.
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:32 AM   #12
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I almost bought my brother the DVD of this for Christmas during the B&N sale, really glad I held off now. I don't like sports and I usually can't sit through documentaries, but I LOVED this movie. Like, 10/10 material. It's one of the most involving and moving films I've ever seen.
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My only complaint is that the original DVD art was better and I don't know why they changed it.
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:52 AM   #14
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I knew this would be announced after I bought the DVD. Why does it always seem to happen that way
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My only complaint is that the original DVD art was better and I don't know why they changed it.
Because they are releasing a new 2-dvd set as well as the Blu-ray and they always change the cover art in those situations.
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Because they are releasing a new 2-dvd set as well as the Blu-ray and they always change the cover art in those situations.
That's a shame. The new one looks a bit more generic.
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:19 AM   #17
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It's mind boggling that 2 documentaries the caliber of "Crumb" and "Hoop Dreams" were both released in the same year ... And that neither were nominated for an Academy Award.

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Awesome! When I was somewhere around 12 or 13, I met Arthur Agee at a card show/autograph signing. He was playing for the Long Island Sound (I think that was their name), the local USBL minor league basketball team. He was a really cool guy and signed a bunch of cards and a basketball for free
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It's one of the most involving and moving films I've ever seen.
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:01 PM   #20
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The shortest 3hr long film ever! Love love love hoop dreams!
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